AARP Texas is working to bridge the digital divide. Those without access to high-speed internet tend to be older adults living in rural areas, regions that also lack access to health care.
AARP Texas and Better Block Foundation to release free, open-source designs for placemaking furniture in a new WikiBlocks AARP Collection.
The public can provide input as Texas develops a broadband development plan and expands high-speed internet access, which is crucial for many older Texans.
3G Sunset Will Leave Many Texas Residents Without Cell Service, May Impact Some Security and Medical Alert Systems
This year major wireless carriers will shut down their third generation (3G) networks, making older cell phones and devices, including home security and medical alert systems, useless. This will impact many older adults in Texas and millions across the country who use mobile phones from 2012 or earlier.
Internet connectivity can improve the problem of social isolation during the pandemic, and a new broadband benefit program can help by providing up to $50 monthly discounts for consumers who qualify, a representative from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said at an AARP teletown hall Aug. 31.
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